Some bands really give it all at their concerts, their heads are filled with blood, theres thick veins showing, and sweat, alot of sweat. And emotion.
And some bands have a calmer tone on stage, maybe because their music is very slow or quiet, or because they have some kind of image to sing with little effort. But still: emotion.
Frightened rabbit I believe fits under the first description here, or should, at least, with their upbeat scottish songs, but what I saw at their gig in Oslo last week was dissapointing. I felt awkward being more emotional with their songs than they were. Not just that they sang and played sort of robotically, but also the fact that they cut their songs short to “get it over and done with” instead of letting the last sounds die out by themselves. It was painfull to listen to. Being a fan and getting the feeling they want to get it over with is not good. The emotion I guess was there a bit, but… They just wanted to get it done. It was too much a job for them, and that, sometimes it just gives a bad taste when its in relation to something you love and feel like you take part in.
I hope they stop doing that shit. The other times Ive seen them they were more in the moment. Stay there, damnit.